Luther College Ringers and Cantorei spring concert

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Luther College performing ensembles Cantorei and the Luther Ringers will perform a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on Luther's campus.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. Those unable to attend may view the concert live online at stream.luther.edu.

Cantorei, comprising about 65 singers from the sophomore, junior and senior class, will perform a variety works including "Lux Aeterna" arranged by Z. Randall Stroope, "No Time" by Susan Brumfield, and "Arise, My Soul, Arise" arranged by Dan Forrest. Cantorei performs, under the direction of Jill Wilson, Luther assistant professor of education and coordinator for music education, at worship services and concerts, "Christmas at Luther," Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Luther Ringers, comprises 13 auditioned students and performs on a five-octave set of Schulmerich handbells and a six-octave set of Malmark handchimes. This year's concert includes two processionals by Sandra Eithun; "Joy and Celebration" by 1971 Luther graduate Lee J. Afdahl; "I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light" by Cathy Moklebust, featuring senior Kierra Blackstad on oboe; two arrangements by Arnold B. Sherman, "Our Great Redeemer's Praise" and "How Can I Keep from Singing"; "Gabriel's Oboe" by Ennio Morricone, arranged by Kevin McChesney; and "Exultate" by Jason W. Krug. A unique feature of this year's concert will be a handbell solo, "Celtic Farwell," performed by sophomore Landon McNamer and a handbell duet, "Contemplation," performed by first-year Luke Forsberg and junior Landon McNamer.

The Ringers perform under the direction of Gregory Peterson, Luther professor of music, college organist, and head of the department of music. Peterson founded Luther Ringers in 2008 when a generous donor, Blanche Kangas of Spokane, Washington, gifted Luther with the handbells and handchimes. Luther Ringers performs at Christmas at Luther, chapel services, a spring concert and at area churches.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.